Hate Squad
Style: German Metalcore
Release date: 28 October, 2011
Playing time: 56:31

They were one of the first bands that combined hardcore with thrash/death metal and celebrated their biggest successes in the midst 90's by touring with Kreator and being part of the legendary 1995 Dynamo Open Air edition. In general I'm not a huge fan of the metal core genre (with some exceptions), but when the thrash influences are on top I have no problem with it.

Listening to this album I've come to the conclusion that it is all too average. The songs are not special enough, the vocalist has a fourteen the dozen voice and there is not enough variety to keep me focused for over 55 minutes. The band sticks to their roots and the groovy 90's thrash with hardcore influences sounds a little bit ancient. Back then they would have gotten away with it, but with all the competition in this genre, mediocrity is the key word. Heaven Shall Burn and Maroon mention Hate Squad as a big influence, but I'm sorry to say that these bands have overtaken Hate Squad on the left side. 

A very important position of measurement for me, rating an album is: 'How eager am I to immediately listen to the record again'. With this one I have to confess that the feeling wasn't there. Off course I had to listen to it a few more times to be sure about it, but in vain. Fans of the groovy 90's thrash (metalcore) or the 'Wolverine Blues' period of Entombed should take a listen.


01. Deep Scars
02. Katharsis
03. Your Rotten Life
04. The One
05. Hatebomb
06. A.P.A.B.
07. Misanthropic Soul
08. Vicious Assault
09. Old Times ... Good Times!
10. Kill
11. R3volution15t                                              12. Face Your Demon                                        13. Live and Learn                                             14. Traitor Scum (Digipack bonus)
15. Every Second Counts 2011 (Digipack bonus)

Label: Massacre Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 17 October, 2011
Website: www.myspace.com/hatesquad